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New owners for Verizon on Malibu

The Verizon store at 401 N. Beeline Highway and Malibu Drive is now owned by TCC.

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Fire budget woes

Districts seek more property taxes as financial crisis hits

A lobbying group for the state’s fire districts is pushing hard to lift the strict limits on the property taxes to provide money for most fire departments — especially in rural areas like Rim Country.

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Charter plans

School slated to open next August on university site

Builders for the American Leadership Academy’s charter school presented their preliminary design plans to the town Wednesday, saying they hope to open by August of 2016.

Saturday heroes

Lord knows, we love Saturdays.

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Volunteers clean up forest dump site in record time

An intrepid group of 26 volunteers and Forest Service staff met at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 to attack a major dump site off of Graff Road near the Country Club Estates, past the airport.

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Few at Common Core sessions

Only Gila County staff and Gail Gorry from the Gila County Superintendent’s Office showed up at Supervisor Tommie Martin’s office to make comments on the Arizona State Education Standards on Wednesday.

A political puppet show

No one showed up. Very interesting.

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New walking group features daily outing

When Mary Mastin wakes up in the morning, what gets her out of bed is knowing somebody will be waiting to take a walk with her.

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ADEQ and partners present recycling discussion Wednesday

Rim Country residents will get a chance to talk about recycling efforts from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2 at Payson Town Hall, thanks to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Adopt a Highway Volunteer Programs and Keep Arizona Beautiful.

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Christmas tree permits available for Tonto National Forest

The Tonto National Forest began selling Christmas tree permits Monday, Nov. 2. Permits are available at the Mesa, Payson and Pleasant Valley ranger districts and at the supervisors office at the hours and locations listed below.

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Payson wants another $100,000 administrator

Previous town administrator doubled as finance officer

In the wake of Debra Galbraith’s departure, the Town of Payson is looking into hiring a new finance manager with a starting salary of $73,000 up to $109,000.

Thanks for helping veterans

Thank you Payson Premier Dental and Payson Barber Shop for honoring and thanking the veterans with free services.

Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee will continue

We feel the need to clarify what’s going on with our brush removal program since we’ve all had people come to us worried that the organization itself, not the brush removal program, may not be able to continue.

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Unique gifts at GCC art show

Not sure what sort of Christmas present to get your Aunt Bess who has everything?

Payson Helping Payson says thanks

The Payson Helping Payson volunteers wish to thank the members of our community and the surrounding area that supported us on Nov. 7 for our Antique Appraisal.

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A duffer’s quest to shoot his age

One day I amazed myself and shot a 39 on the par-36 front nine of the Payson Golf Course. I shot bogey (one over par) on three holes and par on six holes.

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Daypacks the answer for many one-day outdoor adventures

Outdoors Under the Rim

Arizona is a state with abundant sunshine and weather, which allows for plenty of outdoor activities.

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Heizer back to lead mat program

When Payson High needed an athletic director a few years ago, Don Heizer stepped in and did the job.

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Young grapplers look to make their mark

The trophy case is full of evidence of past greatness.

Anger begets anger

This is a slight rebuttal to those who claim that the left is made up of brutal morons